postheadericon How to Cook Your Onion: French Onion Soup

Ooey-gooey cheesy goodness! A great way to turn your onions into a delicious, fulfilling, meal is to make them into the aptly named French Onion Soup.  Onions take a back seat in most dishes, but not this one.  Their bold flavors are at the forefront of what is one of the world’s favorite soups.  This soup is hearty and can be used to wet your appetite as great appetizer or be the star of your meal as a main dish.  French Onion Soup is a staple soup from diners to five star restaurants.  The best part of this soup is that it is not hard to make.  With the right ingredients even the most inexperienced home cook can make a meal that will turn heads.

Ingredients

French Onion Soup requires fairly common ingredients that can be found in almost every grocery store around the country.  If they are not in your pantry already, they should be easy and inexpensive to find.  The ingredients you will need to make a scrumptious French Onion Soup are:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere

Directions

Begin by melting the stick of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Be sure your heat is not too high or else you will burn your butter.  Once the butter has melted add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Cook this mixture until the onions become soft and caramelized, about twenty-five minutes.  Once the onions have caramelized, add your wine.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, which should take about five minutes.  Pull out the bay leaves and thyme and throw them away (or compost them if you’re going green).  Lightly dust the onions with flour and give them a stir.  Turn the heat to medium low and cook the flour and onions for ten minutes to remove the raw flour taste.  Next, add beef broth and bring the mixture back up to a simmer.  Cook for ten minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Once you are ready to eat, turn on your broiler.  Once the broiler has heated up, arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil them until they are bubbly and golden brown, which should take three to five minutes.  Ladle the soup into bowls, top them each with one of the Gruyere croutons and enjoy!

 

 

I love French Onion Soup.  It is a versatile soup that represents the best taste an onion can provide.  French onion soup packs so much flavor for such an easy dish to throw together.  It is great for lunch, dinner, a midnight snack, anything really.  The cheese covered crouton on top adds a great boost of flavor and texture to an already delicious dish.  If you have some onions lying around and are hungry for something new give this recipe a try. I promise you won’t regret it.

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